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What type of underlining?

Ocrafty1 | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I need to figure out exactly what type of fabric I need to underline a sheer fabric for a blouse/top. The fashion fabric is a patterned poly/cotton crepe. The fabric has a very soft hand, so I don’t want anything that is going to change that.  I’d like be able to wear the blouse/top without a cami under it, so I only want to underline the front & back. I thought about using a VERY light weight, nude colored knit, something with a little give, but don’t know what it is called or where to find it. There are 2 JoAnn’s within easy driving distance, but of course, they don’t carry anything remotely like what I’m thinking of. Can someone please help? 

Deb

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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    Check out the lining department. You are thinking of a sheer lingerie lining. For the effect that you want, rather than underlining your fabric, consider just lining the front and back of your blouse instead. That way, the blouse does not lose the flow of the fabric, and the hand does not change. The lining will prevent it from being see through, and it would be just as comfortable to wear. Cathy

    1. Ocrafty1 | | #4

      Hi All,

      I decided to underline just the front and back.  The pattern is one that is made for knits, but the fabric, because of the 'crinkle' in it.  When DH took me to the fabric store in Noblesville last week, I found that flesh colored mesh knit that they use in skating/dance costumes. I think it will work perfectly.  I bought lots since I've never seen it before around here.

      Thanks for all of your help!

      Deb

  2. MaryinColorado | | #2

    Palmer Pletsch makes a lovely product "Perfect Fuse Interfacing" that comes in a variety of weights and it drapes beautifully.  I have used it in semi sheers but not sheers, it doesn't affect the hand of the clothing.  I think it only comes in black or white though.  I have used it instead of underlining or lining and it is cool and comfortable against the skin, which is different from the stiff kind from fabric stores that is scratchy.  I normally only sew with natural fabrics but this is one polyester product that I do like.

    Perhaps a batiste in flesh tone would work? 

  3. sewslow67 | | #3

    Have you considered a very soft cotton Batiste?  I've use it for underlining a number of different kinds and weights of fabrics, including some very soft shears, and it results in a wonderful "hand", and is very comfortable.  Just a thought.

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